B SHARP PHRYGIAN MODE

‘B sharp phrygian’ is the 3rd mode of the G sharp major scale. The notes in B# Phrygian are:

B# – C# – D# – E# – Fx – G# – A#

If you have read the post on understanding the phrygian mode, you will know that the phrygian mode contains a ‘flat 2’, a ‘flat 3’, a ‘flat 6’ and a ‘flat 7’ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 3rd mode of a major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct B# Phrygian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

B# Major has the following notes:

B# – Cx – Dx – E# – Fx – Gx – Ax

If we ‘flatten’ the 2nd note (Cx), the 3rd note (Dx), the 6th note (Gx) and the 7th note (Ax) we get the following:

B# – C# – D# – E# – Fx – G# – A#

Derivative Approach:

B# is the 3rd note of the B# major scale:

B# – Cx – Dx – E# – Fx – Gx – Ax

If we play the B# major scale and start on the 3rd note we get the following:

B# – C# – D# – E# – Fx – G# – A#

Let’s look at the B# phrygian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

B Sharp Phrygian Mode Open Position Frets

B Sharp Phrygian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at B# phrygian in the 3rd position (lowest fret is 3)

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 3rd Position Frets

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 3rd Position Notes

Now let’s look at B# phrygian in the 4th position (lowest fret is 4)

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 4th Position Frets

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 4th Position Notes

Now let’s look at B# phrygian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 8th Position Frets
B Sharp Phrygian Mode 8th Position Notes

Now let’s look at B# phrygian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 9th Position Frets

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 9th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at B# phrygian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 12th Position Frets

B Sharp Phrygian Mode 12th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of B# phrygian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the phrygian mode, check out phrygian mode explained.

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